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trump! we came to let them know that issues of voting rights, issues of health care and equality and income inequality, issues of police brutality will be front and center! >> we'll go live to washington for more on the protest protests in just a bit. on this same day, president-elect trump firing back at democratic congressman and civil rights icon john lewis after lewis said he doesn't see trump as a legitimate president. more on that dispute in just a moment. more than 24 million people in the u.s. under some type of winter advisory as a massive ice storm cripples parts of kansas and missouri. that same storm system is being blamed for this accident in utah. incredible pictures there. watch as this snowplow veers off the road and down an embankment a few hundred feet. that driver is expected to be okay.
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we start with a war of words between the president-elect and a civil rights icon, trump firing back at democratic congressman john lewis after the longtime congressman said this about trump's impending presidency to our own chuck todd. >> i don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president. i think the russians have participated in helping this man get elected. and they helped destroyed the candidacy of hillary clinton. i don't plan to attend the inauguration. it will be the first one that i miss since i've been in congress. you cannot be at home with something that you feel is wrong. nbc's kelly o'donnell is outside trump towers this morning. obviously this is creating a ripple effect. some democrats saying they'll boycott, some saying they're not. what is the president-elect
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saying this morning and how are folks inside and outside of washington reacting to the news? >> reporter: as you might expect, when donald trump takes criticism from someone, especially in a very public way, he will often respond with a punch, this time using twitter to do that. he sent out a couple tweets this morning that basically accuse john lewis of being more talk than action, which, when you consider the life and the public life of john lewis, is an ironic statement. he also through his tweet, the president-elect talked about lewis needing to spend more time concerned about his district, which he described as crime infested, and that of course is not the exact picture of what is happening in the 5th district of georgia, which is atlanta, where there are some prominent businesses, universities, there is a mix of american life in that district. so the president-elect using twitter to push back and there are those who would say that the term legitimacy of the
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presidency is sort of a question mark because of course the trump presidency was validated by the electoral college and all of those things. but john lewis is someone with a voice in democratic politics and beyond. and for him in this extensive interview with chuck todd was able to speak thoughtfully about his concerns and that particular couple of sentences has ricocheted around the national conversation. so, in addition to john lewis making remarks and trump following up, we've seen hashtags on twitter where people are showing support, including some republicans. ben sasse, the senator from nebraska, saying he stands with john lewis. other prominent figures standing with john lewis. we see a number of democrat who is say they will not attend the inauguration, and that is unusual. normally an inauguration is a time of healing, supposed to be bringing the parties together.
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this is a circumstance where there is some difficulty in that for democrats who believe that hillary clinton was treated unfairly. so john lewis by virtue of the kind of figure he is, has been able to get a lot of attention to what he said about donald trump. >> i know that ben sasse has been making the argument also on soal media that it's not about celebratg one individual but celebrating the peaceful transfer of power. we'll see if that argument gains any traction with those deciding to boycott the inauguration. nbc's kelly o'donnell live outside trump towers. congressman lewis telling chuck todd he won't attend the inauguration, joining a handful of his democratic colleagues who said they plan to do the same. joining me to discuss all this is ben howe, corinne jean-pierre, moveon.org, and rebecca cinderbrand from "the washington post." great to have you with us this afternoon.
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they're encouraging john lewis to attend the inauguration for unity's sake. do you think his war of worlds will settle down or do you see this casting a shadow over the inauguration that you have some of these democrats that are sitting it out? >> i think that russia is really casting a shadow over everything. i don't agree with his statement that he's not a legitimate president. i think he's more of an unfortunate president. that's the way i look at him. nobody was forced to vote the way they did, but i do believe russia has sowed a lot of chaos into our system. i think there's probably some element of this that's partisan. i think that's unfortunate. i'd rather he did go to the inauguration, but i'm not sure that even if he did it would repair much of the damage that's happened over the last few months. >> rinne, let me jump in on that and pick up on the issue of trump's tweets. did congressman john lewis go too far by saying that donald trump is not a legitimate president when we haven't seen anything even with the russian
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hacking into consideration to say that he has in any way been illegitimately chosen individual? >> i'll say this. john lewis has more than earned the right to speak his mind, because while john lewis put his body on the line for the civil rights movement, donald trump was inheriting millions of dollars for doing absolutely nothing. and the idea that donald trump would insult a civil rights icon, an american freedom fighter, on the weekend of the martin luther king is just insulting and just wrong. it's not surprising because this is what donald trump does, because now we have a bully in chief who loves to dole out criticism but when anybody criticizes him he can't take it. >> i appreciate the defense of john lewis, but do you agree with him that he is an illegitimate president? >> i think that it is really
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hard to really accept donald trump. he's had this moment to bring the country together and what he's done is been divisive and pumed us apart. and you have this toxic brew that led to his election. you have the fake news, the russian hacking, and everything else with the comey letter that makes it hard for americans to really trust how this election process really went through. >> rebecca, let me switch gears and play this sound bite from president obama speaking to "60 minutes" about the trump presidency. take a listen. >> i think everybody has to acknowledge, don't underestimate the guy because he's going to be 45th president of the united states. the one thing i've said to him directly and i would advise my republic friends in congress and supporters around the country, is just make sure that as we go forward certain norms,
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certain institutional traditions don't get eroded, because there's a reason they're in place. >> so one of the things that jumped out this week was we saw congressman jason chavis its making a veiled threat after its director criticized trump's ethics plan. is that an indication of things to come under a donald trump presidency? will we see the erosions president obama is warning about institutional norms and what have you? >> one of the big questions heading into the trump presidency has been the idea of oversight, whether republicans on capitol hill are going to have the political will to take on their president. you know, it's important to note of course there are a number of investigations that are going to be under way and hill hearings that will be under way right at the beginning of the trump presidency. in part he won't be able to outrun the 2016 campaign. they're going to be as we heard friday even investigations of contacts between perhaps russia
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and members of the trump campaign if, indeed, those contacts occurred. so that's the kind of conversation that we're going to see at the very top of the trump presidency. i think, you know, one of the things that people have to kind of bear in mind is when republicans in cgress are taking on trump they're figuring exactly what sort of a relationship they're going to have with their president. it's not just the same team. it's someone who has shown he has an agenda that's not necessarily in line 100% with republicans in congress. and so it will be interesting to see as the months roll on how that relationship develops and whether they start to work more in concert. >> let's talk about foreign policy speaking of norms. it's been a standard cornerstone policy in the united states that we treat china as a one china policy, we don't distinguish between taiwan and china. but donald trump telling "the wall street journal" that he's not committed to a one china policy and china responding today saying that that policy is
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nonnegotiable. are we going to see, do you think, donald trump make a pivot away from a one china policy to possibly recognizing taiwan as an independent, sovereign nation? >> i think donald trump is far more interested in people believing the ing thaing that h personally than whether or not he's continuing policies that have existed for decades. i think when it comes to how he talks on twitter, how he speaks in interviews, it's always off the cuff. he probably gets scolded by his staff every time he steps off and then they have to scramble to figure out how to somehow merge what they're actually going to do with what he said. whether or not that's going to turn into some kind of game where he plays, you know, a game with words to try to make it seem like he's doing one thing or another, i don't know, but i do believe that in terms of his foreign policy it's been my primary concern throughout all of this -- i don't think donald trump's domestic policy is that much to worry about. i think he'll probably work with
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both sides on a lot of issues. but when it comes to foreign policy, his main thing is looking tough personally and i think that's dangerous. >> certainly could be. corinne, let me ask you about james comey and this ongoing investigation. obviously the inspector general at the department of justice launching an investigation, "wall street journal" editorial board calling on the f director james comey to regn. yo thoughts on that. >> what he did during the election was unprecedented from what he did in july with his press conference the 11 days out then two days out with the letter as we're calling it comey letter. i think we need to see what this investigation is going to bring forth. we need to let the investigation happen, and that'll tell us how to move forward. >> rebecca, last word to you on this comey call by "the wall street journal" to resign. should he step aside? >> it's clear he's lost confident on both sides of the aisle. it's unclear what would happen, who would be there to replace a
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james comey under a trump administration. so that's one of the big questions and one reason why we may see him there for at least the initial part of the trump presidency. >> all right. ben, corinne, and rebecca, thanks for joining us this afternoon. still ahead, two of president obama's top aides reflect on what they call the commander in chief's best speech. but next, live to washington to speak to one of the organizers of today's march.
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the inauguration six days ago. about 2,000 people marched today at the nation's capital for what organizers say was a message to
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donald trump to protect the dream of dr. martin luther king jr. and preserve the legacy of barack obama. hans nicholls, good to have you with us. the weather not great but did marchers accomplish what they set out to do today? >> reporter: they wanted to start protesting. what you see is where they all were. the rain has stopped. this area was full and the rain was coming down so hard people started trickling out. the themes were police brutality, the affordable care act, the need to counter trump. one of the many chants we heard here was we won't be trumped and we won't be moved. it was on police brutality reverend al sharpton really called out for a need for change. >> we are not here because we didn't have something else to do. we're here because we fought hard to make sure that this
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administration hears us and we are not going away now. criminal justice and police reform must go forward. >> reporter: a lot of talk about fighting, fighting to win, fighting for the long term, just really the goals that will animate this movement, civil rights movement, throughout the trump presidency, talking to people throughout the day. there was a great deal somewhere between passion and anger. ayman, just to give you a sense of what happened, further on down, i don't know if you can see the washington monument in the background, this is about a mile walk down here. they gathered here in the driving rain and eventually things started getting going around 1:00. people start trailing out when it really got cold. we'll get an official crowd estimate for you on just how many people were here, and then of course this is on the. >> efan: of the martin luther king holiday starting off what could be a long week of proeltss. ayman? >> hans nicholls, thank you. i'd like to bring in reverend charles mcneil, president of the national
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capital baptist convention. he was at that protest and joins us live from d.c. let's talk about the message that organizers behind today's rally were hoping to send out. what would you say the message is? >> to make sure we build upon the legacy of dr. king to make sure all people have the right to vote, that we still have to deal with police reform, that we still have to continue to focus on the dream that king had for all people that we should not be judged by the color of our skin but by the content of our character. >> so the issues, some of those you referenced that have been put in the spotlight, criminal justice reform, voting rights, health care, abortion rights, lgbtq issues, education equality. a lot of things on your plate. health care is coming up with the senate and house already voting to repeal obamacare.
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how are you mobilizing against that effort specifically beyond just protests and marches? >> we'll be talking to our representatives, those who we have elected, those who we have put in office, those who have been sent from our various jurisdictions to represent us. we are telling them that they need to make sure that they vote their conscience and vote the conscience of the people. we'll be talking, doing as our president-elect is doing, putting things out on twitter, facebook live, and we'll be having town hall meetings and rallies to discuss the issues and bring people in from the outside who would give us more data o exactly how this repeal will hurt our communities. >> i notice that one of the themes that was coming out today, that this was not about any one personal issue, that this was not about donald trump in specific, but is this really about a president trump or about a broader set of issues you guy
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want to try to address and reform? and can it happen with or without the president-elect? >> well, we want to deal with not one person but it's the broader issues that we're looking at. and we can do it without donald trump elect. we want to focus on the issues of the people, what our communities need, our people and nation need, and how we can better those things through the legislative body and those representatives who represent us. >> let me play you this sound bite from yesterday, steve harvey, very well-known, at trump tower yesterday. he talked to donald trump and dr. ben carson, who's been tacked to be his housing chief. let me play you this and we'll talk about it afterwards. >> we're going to team up and see if we can bring about some positive change in the inner cities, which i felt was my only agenda, and he agreed, and he wants to do something. and he realizes that he needs some allies in that department,
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and he seemed really sincere about it. >> so your reaction to that in the sense, what can organizers behind today's rally do to push forward addressing some of these issues in the inner city? what's your plan to work with the incoming president on it? >> we're open to working with the incoming administration to make sure that we get those resources that are due our people to our people. you know, we do want to make sure that there is not a lot of red tape there. but we are open to working with anybody with the administration and make sure that the resources get to the communities and that the representatives that we have that represent us, that they also make sure that those resources get to our communities. >> all right. reverend charles mcneil, great to have you with us. thanks for your time. >> thank you. right now a powerful winter storm is blanketing the midwest with a thick sheet of ice. in fact, the storm so dangerous it forced the nfl to push back one of the weekend's playoff
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welcome back, everyone. the middle section of america feeling the freeze this weekend with an ice storm that's being blamed for three deaths. this storm started out west where snow and ice created dangerous road conditions. poor visibility caused this crash in utah that sent a snowplow off the road sliding about 300 feet down a hill. the driver expected to recover. in oregon, officials say railroad tracks encased in ice caused a train to derail. more than 24 million people are in the middle part of the country facing either a freezing rain advisory or an ice storm warning. the big concern a buildup of ice bringing down trees and power lines, affecting millions. we have team coverage of the storm and we'll start with nbc's morgan radford i believe in wichita, kansas, for us. morgan, obviously the storm
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creating a lot of chaos on the roads there. what are you hearing from folks out there on these conditions? >> reporter: well, we've already had a 20-car pileup just here in wichita, but to give you a sense of things we're talking 37 million people across the country who are under these winter advisories. this is pretty unusual for an ice storm because typically an ice storm is relatively small, but this is affecting at least 15 states from texas to washington, d.c. but here in wichita, people like crystal are preparing. what are you doing to prepare? >> well, we've gotten everything we need for at home as far as food and stuff like that, ice melt. we're church aterpds at christian faith sent sore we want to make sure we're able to -- i'm gassing up my car so we can make it to church in the morning because we plan on going. >> reporter: that's kind of what we're hearing from people here. gassing up their cars, getting prepared, stockpiling food because they know this is just day two of day three of this storm. the kansas national guard is
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asking local soldiers here in kansas to come out and really help with this state of emergency relief effort. things are expected to get worse as wichita bears the brunt tonight and into tomorrow. >> what are you getting in terms of preparations from officials there? are officials preparing, going out and about and getting ready for a long night and day? >> reporter: that's a great question. you can see the highway to the side. we've seen lots of trucks and cars. they've had their sand and salt out here, plowing the streets, trying to make sure these are safe conditions. as i mentioned, we've got the kansas national guard calling the local kansas soldiers in to make sure that people are especially safe tonight when temperatures drop and the roads freeze over because half an inch of ice is what's expected. ayman, when you have half an inch of ice, that can create the equivalent of about 280 pounds on the power lines. especially when winds start to pick up, the power lines and the loss of power, that's something people are concerned going into
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the night as the temperatures start to drop. >> morgan radford live in wichita, kansas. thank you. jool a state of emergency has been declared in missouri. that was yesterday. the storm began to move in with at least 5,000 people losing power at some point throughout the day. that's where my colleague blake mccoy joins us from now in st. louis. blake, good to have you with us. let's talk about some of these power outages. obviously with the cold temperatures it's affecting people. have crews been able to restore power to some folks? >> reporter: ayman, extra crews have been brought in from neighboring states. that way the power companies are able to respond quickly. most of those customers are back online. let's show you the problem. you can see this coating of ice on trees and also power lines. it's caused some of these trees to knock down into power lines, leading to power outages. the big problem with this storm so far has been on the roads. take a look. we've seen slideouts all over from oklahoma to missouri to kansas. there have bn three traffic-related deaths so far, one in oklahoma and two right
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here in missouri. now, the focus will turn to wichita and kansas city tonight. that is where more freezing rain is expected. in kansas city tomorrow, the nfl has already made some changes as a result of this weather. the game against the pittsburgh steelers, that playoff game with the chiefs, was supposed to start around noon, but instead it's bp moved to a night game. kickoff will be at 7:20 p.m. instead to give the storm more time to pass. not only are they concerned about the game itself, they're more concerned about people getting to and from the game. they want to make sure that storm is well clear before kickoff. again, the weather is moving west that the point. we could see a little more freezing rain in st. louis tonight, but the main focus will be wichita and kansas city into the overnight hours. ayman? >> all right. nbc's blake mccoy in st. louis. thank you for that. the storm is expected to get worse before it gets better. to find out what's in store, we turn to msnbc meteorologist bonnie schneider with the big picture. as i was saying, not going to
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get any better anytime soon. >> not anytime soon but it will eventually. typically ice storms are long lasting events and this one's interesting because we don't have powerful wind, which is a good thing, but we have waves of freezing rain coming in and warmer temperatures, to be expected during the day, but we're also looking at that threat for ice. we're watching for freezing rain and ice, particularly right here into western oklahoma and into western kansas. this is where it's likely to accumulate. and if that's not enough, on sunday, we're looking for severe weather in texas where we could see very strong thunderstorms. we're seeing that right now in amarillo, where not only are we getting thunderstorms but we're getting ice so it's a thunder/ice combination, unusual, but it's happening right now. look at all the people under these advisories, freezing rain or ice storm, over 24 million americans. breaking things down as we go through the rest of the day today, the main threat oklahoma and kansas, downed trees and power lines. all that ice can make a
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difference. as we go into the afternoon and evening hours and the overnight period it could get pretty bad for kansas city. look at all the ice expected to cover much of that state and then to the south, we'll start to get rain on top of it. looking toward monday, this is all pushing fourth the north and east. an ice threat will diminish by the afternoon. we'll get some milder temperatures but not quite yet. if you're driving, be very careful. look at this batch over the panhandle. this has been a strong storm. temperatures right now in wichita are 34 degrees but in oklahoma city it's 31. so depending on where you are, you might get some sleep or fraezing rain or just rain, but i would be prepared for the ice because that's what we're looking at into western oklahoma and much of kansas. >> we certainly hope the folks do heed the advisories. thank you very much. we'll turn back to politics after the break. and news that donald trump may lift sanctions against russia that president obama just imposed. why the president-elect says that he's considering it and how he says it could actually help the u.s. in other areas.
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welcome back, everyone. i'm ayman mohyeldin in new york. at the bottom of the hour, donald trump enjoij g.a. imging in a of worlds with democratic congrema and civil rights icon dana lewis. it started yesterday when lewis told chuck todd he doesn't see trump as a legitimate president. it started yesterday when lewis told chuck todd he doesn't see trump as a legitimate president. the dispute comes as hundreds of protesters marched in washington today to urge trump to preserve martin luther king's dream and president obama's legacy. a winter storm is walloping the midwest. this week donald trump acknowledged for the fist time russian attempts to interfere in the elections were not true but
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that did not stop him from wanting improved relations with russia. >> if putin likes donald trump, guess what, folks? that's called an asset, not a liability. now, i don't know that i'm going to get along with vladimir putin. i hope i do. >> getting along with vladimir putin could mean lifting the sanctions imposed by president obama. in an interview with "the wall street journal," the president-elect said if you get along and if russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody's doing some really great things. he also told "the wall street journal" he is prepared to meet with putin after he takes office. michael mcfaul, former u.s. ambassador to russia. great to have you with us. >> nice to be here. >> your reaction to what trump told the journal about lifting sanctions if russia proved helpful to u.s. goals. wishful thinking on his part russia would be willing to do that? >> i have two problems with that if-then statement, that deal he's putting together. one, he's forgetting why those
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sanctions were put in place. there are different sets of sanctions but one was because they interfered in our elections and two they annexed the territory of ukraine and supported separatists in eastn ukraine. so to just lift the sctio when they have already done those this de facto he's acknowledging that they can get away with activities like that, particularly in ukraine. i think that's very destabilizing well beyond the issue of russia/ukraine. the second problem is that he's assuming that russia wants to fight isis. for years the obama administration has been fighting isis. it's called operation inherent resolve. they've been fighting them in iraq and syria. and russia has chosen to fight other groups in syria. and it's purposely avoided fighting isis so i'm not sure why he thinks he'll be able to convince them to do that fight. the last piece i would say when they have talked about it before, you know, colleagues of
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mine at the pentagon don't want russia to be involved in that fight both because they think it will complicate the mission, but, two, they don't like the way that russia fights organizations a as we saw tragically in aleppo. >> let me ask you about that point, the issue with fighting isis and generally the conflict in syria. "the washington post" reporting that according to a trump transition official, russia is expected to invite the trump administration to syrian peace talks next month. how significant of a development is that? are those talks first of all realistic in solving the conflict? ear ya and more important ly th fact we've pivoted to having the united states as those russian-sponsored talks? how significant? >> i don't want to judge another round of peace talks. there have been several, a couple of which i was participating in when i still was in the government. and obviously none of them have led to a peaceful solution in syria.
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so i'm skeptical. two, think it's better for us to be there than not so i welcome that initiative. we need to have a voice there for us and the allies we represent both in the region and -- >> let me ask you something more about diplomatic protocol. there's been controversy this week after it was revealed incoming national security advisor michael flynn was communicating with the russian ambassador to washington, d.c., several times on the same day the obama administration announced the sanctions to expel those 35 russian diplomats. from your experience, how concerning is this in diplomatic terms? the transition team says no, they were just coordinating a future phone call between putin and trump after inauguration. >> i participated in the last transition, a member of the obama transition team and obviously responsible for russia. to the best of my knowledge we
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made zero phone calls to the ambassador who i eventually worked closely with when i was at the white house. i think it's rather odd. we should have one president at a time. we went out of our way to not have many contacts with foreign governments even though they wanted to meet with president-elect obama. i also don't understand why it takes five phone calls to set up another phone call. that seems rather odd to me. and the third piece is the national security advisor has better, more important things to do than the logistics of setting up presidential phone calls. and i hope eventually, you know, they'll work out that system. that's not his job. >> let me get your reaction to the confirmation hearing of rex tillerson. were you at allurprised at some of the exchange that took place between him and marco rubio about allegations of war crimes and aleppo committed by the russians? it seemed that the designate, rex tillerson, was somewhat reluctant to use that kind of terminology describing russia. you know russia well. what would you say about the
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comments he made during his confirmation hearing? >> well, rex tillerson has a personal relationship with vladimir putin. he's known him for many years. he put together one of the biggest deals potentially ever in the history of capitalism between the russian mobile company and exxonmobil so, i think it was a very difficult place for him to personally be in to have to use that label and that's why i think he was rather evasive. >> former u.s. ambassador to russia, great to talk with you. thanks for joining us. >> thanks for having me. 18 years after this baby was kidnapped from the hospital hours after she was born, she's been found safe and living in a different state. the details of this incredible case that's been one of florida's biggest mysteries for nearly two decades after the break. and next hour, richard lui will be with you joined by republican congressman charlie dent. his thoughts on whether his
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an event at a california college cancelled in the face of large protests last night is expected to take place this afternoon. the friday night event held by college republicans was supposed to feature an icon and a former pharmaceutical carmelo anthony crowe but it was canceled after a large group of protesters gathered at the lecture hall. at one point, the guest emerged from the hall and was pushed by protesters back into the police line. >> what to you make of them canceling the event? >> im, i think it's reasonable. >> one of the greatest things in our country is freedom of speech. that's number one. we're taking freedom of speech away, letting people bully us out of it. >> organizers say they canceled it fearing for the safety of the officers and the protesters. autriti have cracked a
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cold caseut of florida they say they found a young woman who was stolen from a hospital as a baby 18 years ago just hours after she was born. her kidnapper is facing serious charges. nbc's sarah dallof has all the details. >> reporter: the end to an 18-year mystery, the brazen kidnapping of a baby from her hospital room in jacksonville, florida. authorities say dna confirms kamiyah mobley, now a teenager, has been found in south carolina living under a different name. >> i wake up, i believe she waking up, too, so there's always hope. >> reporter: she was just hours old when police say she was taken by gloria williams, who then raised her. williams was in court friday charged with kidnapping, a crime punishable by life in prison. in jail an emotional moment when a girl who identified herself as alexis came to see her. >> this young woman was abducted as a newborn and she's going to need time and assistance to process all of this.
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>> reporter: officials say williams concocted a daring scheme in 1998, posing as a nurse and continue vining the new mom to hand over her baby. hospital staff believe williams was a relative. a reward was offered and kamiya's mother made an emotional plea for her return. >> i just want you to bring my child back. that's all i'm asking from you. >> reporter: over the years investigators received more than 2,500 tips but eventually the case went cold, until w. >> we had a caller to our 24 hourotline call us, to share information about who the abductor is and where we might find kamiyah mobley. >> she may have started to suspect she was a kidnapping victim. to the outside world, they appeared to be a typical mother and daughter. >> as a family, they was always going places, always doing something. >> reporter: she met her biological family for the first time on video chat friday. it will be um to her to decide when they'll meet in person as she comes to grips with her newly uncovered past. sarah dallof, nbc news.
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>> remarkable story. as the obama era comes to an end, we'll look back at moments and pictures we'll remember most from the past eight years. pictures like this one. you've probably seen the photo of the president face-to-face with a baby but you may not know who that baby's father is, one of president obama's most trusted advisers. before fibromyalgia, i was active. i was energetic. then the chronic, widespread pain drained my energy. my doctor said moving more helps ease fibromyalgia pain. he also prescribed lyrica. fibromyalgia is thought to be the result of overactive nerves. lyrica is believed to calm these nerves. for some, lyrica can significantly relieve fibromyalgia pain and improve function, so i feel better. lyrica may cause serious allergic reactions or suicidal thoughts or actions. tell your doctor right away if you have these, new or worsening depression,
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this past tuesday president obama delivered his final speech as the 44th president of the united states. one of many he has delivered over the past eight years. nbc news' senior white house correspondent chris jansing sat down with those two men to look back at their favorite moments both on the stage and behind the
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scenes. >> when you talk to a lot of people at this white house, and many of them spend 16, 18, 20 hours a day here, they talk about how close they've become, how much of a family. two of the closest, cota keenan, the chief speechwriter, and ben rhodes, also a speechwriter and the deputy national security advisor. i sat down with the two men to talk about how you begin to start a speech for president obama. >> best-case scenario he says i think this is pretty good. that's the highest praise you get, i think this is pretty good. worst-case scenario is the yellow legal pad comes out and he blows up the whole thing. >> i won't forget the speech cody was the lead on, selma speech, which was an amazing speech. >> the americans who crossed this bridge, they were not physically opposing, but they gave courage to millions. they held no elected office. but they led a nation. >> i think selma was probably our purest collaboration where the first draft is closest to
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what he wanted. >> so much of being president, for instance, is comforting people after tragedy, and cody's written far too many of those speeches, whether it's tucson or newtown. >> this tragedy prompts reflection and debate as it should. let's make sure it's worthy of those we have lost. >> so much of being president to americans, you know, is how do they experience their president, how does he speak to them in a time of tragedy, how does he represent them on a world stage, what's he say in a time of crisis. i think we're proud that those speeches that he's given have filled that space and some of them will endure after he's gone. >>riting for barack obama is a wonderful struggle. he's so good at that it will kill ourselves on the first daft just to try to get it right, and there are times where i've called him at 2:00 in the morning because i knew he'd be feeding one of these kids and i'd say i'll come over -- a little single malt scotch doesn't hurt.
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>> sometimes. depend on the season. we're playing on house money here. none of this was supposed to happen. the first night we met in hoolihan's in the chicago office we were down double digits in iowa. >> why did you sign on with him? >> i believed and i still do. >> and i was -- you know, it was a huge bet. but there's just something in what he had been saying this that resonated with me from the very first time i heard him speak. and the opportunity to not just go work for him but to help craft that message was something i knew i could never turn down. >> the stuff we were dreaming about in a bar in 2007 we had been able to watch it made real. so he takes it personally when things get held up, things fail, because he knows it has direct consequences for people. but he also rejoices in people's triumphs and pleasures. especially around here. to see him playing with ben's kid, you know, that photo went viral was amazing. he was kind enough to let kristin and our families bring our families to the white house on our welding day and spend
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time with them. he takes a real sense of pride in everyone who works here. >> reporter: both coda and ben will be sting with the obamas after january 20th. ey'll join the former political director of the white house who is now ceo of the obama foundation. ayman? >> nbc's skris jansing in washington, d.c. thank you. a programming note -- an intimate look boo into the challenges and successes of barack obama. if you missed andrea mitchell's powerful interview with vice president joe biden, you're in luck. we'll bring it to you in it entirety today at 4:00 p.m. eastern right here on msnbc. that's full for me this saturday afternoon. i'm ayman mohyeldin. thanks for joining me. richard lui picks up our coverage from here. he'll have much more on the preparations for next week's inauguration, including the celebrity who just canceled her performance.
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very good afternoon. i'm richard lui lye at msnbc headquarters in new york city. good day to you. we start with stunning words from longtime congressman john lewis of georgia. nbc's chuck todd asking the civil rights icon about trump's presidency. listen to what was said here. >> i don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president. i think the russians

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